Further to the announcement released earlier today by ServicePower Technologies plc (“ServicePower”), Diversis Capital LLC (“Diversis Capital”) confirms that it is in talks with ServicePower regarding making a possible all cash offer either itself or thorough a wholly owned entity for all of the issued and to be issued share capital of ServicePower (“Possible Offer”). Any Possible Offer contemplated by such talks is subject to the terms of the Code.
Diversis Capital notes that, under Rule 2.6(d) of the Code, it must, by 5.00 pm on 20 December 2016, either announce a firm intention to make an offer for ServicePower in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make an offer, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies.
A further announcement will be made in due course when appropriate.
Diversis Capital is an operationally-focused private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Focused primarily on the middle-market, it invests in companies which can benefit from both Diversis’ collective operating experience and capital base to reach their full potential. While Diversis is generally industry agnostic, technology, and specifically software, is a core focus area where it spends a significant amount of time.
Diversis Capital LLC
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Stockdale Securities Limited
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This announcement is for information purposes only. It is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer, invitation or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities whether pursuant to this announcement or otherwise.
The distribution of this announcement in jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore persons into whose possession this announcement comes should inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions. Any failure to comply with the restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities law of any such jurisdiction.
Stockdale Securities Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for Diversis Capital and no one else in connection with the Possible Offer and will not be responsible to anyone other than Diversis Capital for providing the protections afforded to clients of Stockdale Securities Limited or for providing advice in connection with the Possible Offer, the content of this announcement or any matter or arrangement referred to herein.
Dealing disclosure requirements
Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any paper offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any paper offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person’s interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any paper offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any paper offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a paper offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.
Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any paper offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any paper offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person’s interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any paper offeror, save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.
If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a paper offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.
Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).
Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Panel’s website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure, you should contact the Panel’ s Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129.
The defined terms used in this section “Dealing disclosure requirements” are defined in the Code which can be found on the Takeover Panel’s website.
Publication of this announcement
In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be available on the website of Diversis Capital at www.diversiscapital.com by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the business day following this announcement. The content of this website is not incorporated into, and does not form part of, this announcement.